Othello Act 2, Scene 1 Summary & Quotes


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Iago is the play's antagonist. What is an antagonist?

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1. Why are the people of Cyprus anxious on the shore at the beginning of Act 2, Scene 1?

2. What is special about Michael Cassio's character?

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About This Quiz & Worksheet

This scene lays the groundwork for Iago's machinations against Othello, Desdemona and Cassio. The worksheet and quiz will test you on Iago's motivation to ruin Cassio, on the source of the anxiety felt by the citizens of Cyprus, Iago's position in the play and his plans for Roderigo.

Quiz & Worksheet Goals

The quiz will test you on the following:

  • What an antagonist is and who fills that role in Othello
  • Why Cassio is an easy target for Iago's plans
  • How Iago plans to use Cassio's destruction to pursue his own ends

Skills Practiced

  • Reading comprehension - confirm your understanding of the respective roles of Iago, Roderigo, Cassio and Othello
  • Interpreting information - verify that you can read information about how Iago intends to use Cassio's courtesy and good manners against him
  • Information recall - access the knowledge you've gained about why Othello and Cassio fall so readily into Iago's trap

Additional Learning

To learn more about this part of the play, study Othello Act 2, Scene 1 Summary & Quotes. The objectives listed below are covered:

  • Understand Iago's role in Othello and his subsequent actions
  • Identify the protagonist
  • Examine selected quotes from Iago that reveal his character
  • Realize why Roderigo eagerly helps Iago